What is the history behind the making of some of hip hop’s greatest albums and songs? How are tracks made? How can the process of assembling a track be applied to larger social and cultural practices?
Inspired by the publication of Check the Technique V.2, journalist Brian Coleman‘s second volume of “Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies,” this discussion looked at hip hop production practices and the hip hop creative process as both musical techniques and social techniques.
Brian Coleman, journalist and author of Check the Technique Vols 1 & 2, and Rakim Told Me: Wax Facts Straight From The Original Artists
Adrian Younge, composer, arranger, producer (Venice Dawn, Souls of Mischief, Ghostface Killah)
Brother J, from legendary Hip Hop crew X Clan
Brian ‘B+’ Cross, photographer, filmmaker, UCSD professor, and author of It’s Not About a Salary, It’s About a Reality: Rap, Race, and Resistance in Los Angeles
Oliver Wang, CSULB sociologist, DJ, journalist, and author of Classic Material: The Hip Hop Album Guide
Monalisa Murray, DJ, hip hop record label and promotion veteran